Since we were up so early we stopped by the library to waste some time before heading to the museum, but they were closed. So, we went to a park. Hannah played on the swings while the rest of us walked down to see the Cache la Poudre river.
When we walked back over to the playground, Hannah was screaming bloody murder. She had tried to fit into the baby swing, you know, the one with the leg holes…and she was stuck. We pushed and pulled, but she was stuck good. The plastic was cutting off the circulation to her legs they were crammed in there so tight. I was thinking that we would have to call the fire department to come cut her out, so I tried to think of something that would make her legs slippery enough to get out of the swing. Thank goodness I had hand sanitizer in the car. We slathered it all over her legs and I pushed on her feet while Bethany pulled from the top and Hannah popped right out. It’s one of those stories that I will tell her children, the time your Mama got stuck in a baby swing. She was fine but had bruises on the top of her legs from where we had pushed and pulled against the plastic…needless to say she is never going to try that again (well, never say never, but I’m pretty sure she won’t…)
The reason we were camping was so we could wake up and already be in Ft. Collins for a co-op at the science museum.
I have wanted to go to this museum for awhile, but we just haven’t.
Now that we’ve been, we’re going back for sure. It was awesome. We watched a digital dome movie about prehistoric sea monsters and then got to tour the museum.
Want to lift a piano? They have a lever set up and you can try pulling the rope to lift the piano by placing the rope at different points on the lever.
There were musical instruments to play, a sound booth where you could jam on a piano, guitar or drums alone or together.
There were crazy experiments like biting on a straw that was attached to a metal pole to hear music through your teeth.
The tornado chamber was a hit with Hannah.
Grace liked the mesmerizing metal disks that flowed like water in the air movement experiment.
I liked the digital music maker.
We played around and explored things like: building a trumpet and trying to play it, learning about beavers and dams, learning about kinetic energy, doing a ping-pong maze, watching water pulse with tones and more.
We stopped to eat lunch and then went back into the museum to play with friends.
That was a great co-op, we will be coming back to play there and swim in the river this summer.